The value of sweeps in BJJ
The value of sweeps in BJJ cannot be understated. Sweeps can do more than sweep. When we go to sweep an opponent from guard position, we typically do so with the goal of getting up to to top position and scoring two points or just getting a better position. Understand however, that sweeps have two major functions. The first is exactly what we just described, the attempt to put an opponent down to bottom position and gain top position. The second is much less talked about. A failed sweep almost always creates SPACE and EXTENSION in our opponent. Space, because they will need to move away to break connection and lessen the power of the sweep. And extension, because they will need to base their hands/feet outwards to prevent being turned over. These defensive reactions of space and extension will make it surprisingly easy to switch from the goal of just being able to reverse your opponent to actually submitting your opponent opponent. In addition, you can just stand up to your feet. Also, as the opponent bases out wide with feet and knees, leg lock entries become easy. As they base out with hands, arm locks and triangles become surprisingly easy. Kimuras/guillotines, hip heist sweeps as well. Always prepare yourself where you would go with regards submissions in this situation.
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